Service Map

About service map

In 2020, RJS4C Ireland began conducting research to identify organisations involved in restorative justice in the criminal justice context, and establish the levels of training and use of restorative justice and restorative practices in the Irish criminal justice system. We published a ‘first sweep’ of this data in January 2021 and a ‘second sweep’ in June 2022.

This research is ongoing, so please contact us if you would like to be included in the map, or if you have updated data or other materials for us to include below.

The first sweep of data collection for the mapping exercise (pub. Jan 2021) was funded by the Department of Justice.

The mapping of restorative justice in Irish criminal justice is provided for in our Collective Strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023 under Strategic Pillar 1: Accessibility.

It arises from an observation by stakeholders that limited information was publicly available on the use of restorative justice and practices in Irish criminal justice.

We divided participants into three groups. For each group, we also publish a narrative Group Overview and Summary Tables.

To collect data, we developed and piloted a standard template, and populated these using publicly available information.

We then wrote to the heads of services and networks to seek any unpublished statistics and any other information about their training and use of restorative justice and practices.

We had an overwhelmingly positive response to our requests for data and are extremely grateful to all contributors. They all had the opportunity to see the final versions of profiles before publication. Not all feedback could be accommodated in the interests of standardisation, comparability and size limits, and we accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.

The results of the mapping exercise are presented in the following pages. These pages will be updated regularly as new or amended information is received. We continuing to seek further information from stakeholders to update or expand the map, so please get in touch if you would like to contribute.

In January 2021, we published a ‘first sweep’ of data, covering the 2019 calendar year. Later in 2021, Release and the Solas Project added new service profiles to the list; these are not included in the Group 2 Overview and Summary Tables.

In June 2022, we published a ‘second sweep’ of data for Group 1 covering restorative justice services in the 2020 calendar year.

Also in 2022, we published an open access academic journal article in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Entitled Mapping Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in Criminal Justice in the Republic of Ireland, the article presents, analyses and contextualises the findings from the first sweep of data (i.e. the 2019 data published in January 2021). You can access the article here.